Video Poker is a popular game that is able to be enjoyed in casinos across the globe, or alternatively at your house on your home computer, using a net connection. The rules are absolutely simple and consist of the player trying to achieve the greatest combination of cards as you can in order to win money. In this respect it’s much the same as a normal game of poker, apart from the line of contact with any other players. Of course, techniques used in a physical game of poker, like bluffing, will be irrelevant in Video Poker.

The game of Electronic Poker begins when the player inserts credits (either tokens, tickets or money) into the video poker machine and presses the deal button. A 5 card hand will be "distributed" on the screen.

The Electronic Poker game also has buttons with ‘hold’ written on them, and gamblers should now choose which cards to keep and which to throw away. For the cards the enthusiast wishes to keep, the ‘hold’ buttons should be pressed so that they light up. The player can decide to keep any amount of cards they want, from all to none.

After the bettor has decided on which cards he wishes to retain, the player will then press ‘deal’, which will mean that any new cards are needed they will be dealt. The hand is now completed, with the Electronic Poker machine analyzing the hand to see if it matches any of the winning hands listed in the pay out schedule.

Typically, the lowest winning hand on a Video Poker machine is a pair of jacks with the award money getting larger for each and every better hand. A list of common winning hands starts with jacks or better, moving on to two pairs, 3 of a kinds, straights, flushes, full houses, four of a kinds, straight flushes and last but not least royal flushes. It should be known that the payment schedule can change from game to game, so that knowledgeable gamblers are able to pick the most money-making game each and every time.

Once the first round has finished, the player can either choose to stay on in an attempt to increase their winnings, or press the ‘collect’ button to retrieve any credits that they may have won. Further, some versions of the game allow the player a chance to double their winnings, in which case another round is played. There are also variations between specific machines, with some decks of cards including wild cards and other differing aspects to increase playability.